static1.squarespaceWow!!! The Holiday Season is here already! If you were caught off guard by how fast this year is going, you aren’t the only one. We know how busy this time of year can be so we are extending the Early Bird Deadline for the conference registration to Dec. 18. If you haven’t had the chance to register yet, take a minute now – the link is below. ūüôā

Happy Holidays from your Idaho Middle Level Association!!!! We are looking forward to seeing you at the conference on Feb. 12th.

Conference Info.

Keynote Speaker: Derrick Boles


Announcing Dr. Wiley J. Dobbs as our Round Table Speaker for our 2016 Conference!  Don’t forget to register.  Only a few days remaining to lock in the early bird pricing.


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Credit Opportunity!

Hey, you did know you can receive a Professional Development credit by attending the IMLA 2016 Conference, didn’t you? ¬†Of course you did!

Once you’ve registered for the conference, head on over to your favorite institution and register for the credit there. ¬†We currently have credit opportunities from Boise State and NNU. ¬†Click on the logos to go to their respective sign-up pages.

November Newsletter!

Screen Shot 2015-11-11 at 3.36.06 PMWe totally forgot to post¬†our early monthly newsletter! ¬†Sorry about that. ¬†(Click the image on the right.)¬† There’s another one coming soon, but that’s for members only. ¬†Make sure your school is registered as IMLA members in order to receive that second newsletter. ¬†And also don’t forget to register for the 2016 conference in Nampa — the Early Bird registration date runs out on December 11th!


Screen Shot 2015-09-26 at 3.40.16 PMAre you (or is your School) an IMLA member? If so, you’ve got a special treat in your mailbox this morning: the Members Only edition of our twice-a-month newsletter!

In addition to the more up-to-date articles and resources shared in our newsletter, IMLA members also receive discounts on conference registration, access to discounted hotel rooms for the conference, and have access to past conference information.

If you or your school are not members, please visit our Membership page to sign up as an IMLA member and to register for the 2016 conference.

A New Newsletter

Screen Shot 2015-09-26 at 3.40.16 PMHey there everyone!

Welcome to the revamped version of our newsletter.
As an IMLA member, you may remember it as the Hot Topic Newsletter, and while we all know that there are definitely hot topics within education, there are also many aspects of our work that stay the same over long periods of time.¬† Thus, we’ve retitled it: In the Middle.
Our new¬†In the Middle newsletter will focus on all aspects of middle level teaching.¬† We’ll share information about pedagogy, videos, apps, current practice, future thinking, and more!¬† Click on each picture in the newsletter to be taken to somethign different!
Each month we’ll send out one issue to any school that has previously been an IMLA member.¬† But we’re also sharing out a separate newsletter later each month with more links, more information, and access to other opportunities for IMLA members.
(you can also find it on the IMLA Facebook Page)
Make sure to visit our Membership page to sign up as an IMLA member and to register for the 2016 conference.


Drastic Changes

Change-AheadAs we said in our last post, we’ve made some radical changes to our conference over the past two years:

  • Last year we moved our conference from a more traditional¬†location to one of our Member Schools. ¬†Not only does this help us retain prominent speakers and leaders in the education realm, but it also keeps us on our home turf, and in places in which we likely feel comfortable.
  • This year, we’ve moved the conference to take place during a longer weekend, so that we can accommodate time with you and other educators across the state, and still allow you to have time with your families and to decompress before heading back to work.

Therefore, we’d like to show you what this year’s schedule looks like:

Friday, February 12 2016

  • 4:00-7:00pm¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Registration/ Id pictures and vendors
  • 5:00-6:00pm¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Administrators Round Table
  • 6:00-7:00pm¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Ice Cream Social-student music
  • 7:00-8:30pm¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Keynote
  • 8:30-9:30pm¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Staff Dodgeball/Ping Pong Tournament

Saturday, February 13, 2016

  • 7:00-8:30am ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Registration
  • 8:00am¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Breakfast, Region Awards, and Regions 5&6 Spotlight Videos
  • 9:30-10:30am¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Breakout session 1 (8 sessions)
  • 10:30-11:00am¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Vendor Break
  • 11:00am – 12:00om ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Hot Topic (4 different speakers)
  • 12:00 -1:00pm¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Lunch/Vendors
  • 1:00-1:45pm¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Region Meetings (board elections if needed)
  • 1:45-2:45pm¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Breakout session 2 (8 sessions)
  • 2:45-3:00pm¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Break and Art Voting
  • 3:00-4:00pm¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Hot Topic (4 sessions)
  • 4:00-4:15pm¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Snack
  • 4:15-6:00pm¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Keynote and State Awards
  • 6:00pm¬†¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Clean Up


Oh, one more thing…first-come, first-served:

logo_brand-HPThe Hampton Inn in Nampa has graciously set aside 15 rooms at the low rate of $99 per night.

This rate is only open to IMLA Members.  If you or your team would like to book a room (or rooms) at that rate, please do so before Jan 28, 2016.

Please Call them at: 208-442-0036


Heads up! 2016 Conference Information!



c94c65_13d54af1665f4143beffd9396c9d4c06.jpg_srz_805_433_85_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzWe’ve finalized plans for the 2016 conference, and can’t wait to see you in February at Lone Star Middle School in Nampa. ¬†Our Keynote speaker this year is the one and only Derrick Boles. ¬†(click his picture!)

Big Changes

We’ve made some pretty big changes in the past year, and this year is no exception.

From a new website (did you notice we’re back at to a new mailing address, to a redesigned newsletter, we’re working to make the IMLA and our conference work better for our members.

Our Conference has been radically streamlined to provide our members with an entertaining, informative, and inspiring conference, while still allowing members to keep some of their weekend. ūüôā

From special opportunities and benefits for IMLA members, we will also be offering access to other resources, information, and tools not available for non-members.

Two things…

Make sure you or your school are up to date on your Membership.

And be sure to hurry over to our Conference Info page to lock in lower pricing for the conference. ¬†Our “early bird” date is is coming up very soon!

Hit us up at if you have any further questions.